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Campus: Larimer Campus

Veterinary Assistant Certificate

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your certificate and should be completed in the order listed. This program functions as cohorts starting fall semester of each academic year. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Program Director or Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a two semester Certificate in Veterinary Assisting and enter the workforce. The Veterinary Assistant certificate program provides training in veterinary health and handling of a variety of domestic animals with the focus on tasks for assisting the Veterinary Technician and Veterinarians to become a part of the veterinary medical team. Completion of all course work is required before the student is eligible for a private-practice internship. After completion of the program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Assistant exam to become an Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA). Please see the NAVTA web page at: for more information.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
VET 102Veterinary Medical Terminology


VET 103Veterinary Assistant Restraint and Handling


VET 120Office Procedures and Relations


VET 109Applied Companion Animal Behavior


Total Credit Hours:8

Semester Note: These courses are offered only in the fall semester.

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
VET 104Assistant Large Animal Nursing


VET 117Veterinary Assistant Surgery & Nursing Care


VET 114Vet Asst Lab & Clin Procedures


VET 183Internship


Total Credit Hours:8.25
Semester Note: These courses are offered only in the spring semester.

Total Credit Hours: 16.25